Friday, February 11, 2011

The Wise Hindu Lady

I suddenly recalled LotikaDi (perhaps the events in Egypt triggered my memory). She was the mother of one of my students, and she was Hindu. After the BNP-Jamaat alliance came to power in the election of 2001, a widespread pogrom against the Hindu minority was initiated by the thugs of the parties. Women were raped, houses and people were burned, owners evicted - because the Hindu community tends to vote for the (then) opposition, Awami League.

This lady, a history graduate and a music teacher, had the wisdom to realise that a return to military power would be best for her community - and for the whole society.

I have never ceased to respect her.

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